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Rwanda: Afisa's story - looking forward to a bright future 

Afisa Gasengayire is a member of the Twa community (known within Rwanda as Historically Marginalised People). Here she tells the story of how her life has been dramatically changed through taking part in MRG's Street Theatre Programme. "I was born in Nyamabuye sector of Muhanga district/ Southern province of Rwanda. I am the mother of two children, a boy and a girl. I...

Bangladesh: 95 percent Dalit cleaners lived in poverty 

Around ninety-five percent of leaners of Natore district lived in a dirty state at the sweepers’ colony due to very low salary of their works.They could not support their family members as well as could not gear up their fate. Even if, they did not send their children to the educational institutions for own interest.There are around 2000 Sweeper members out of around 600...

Kenya: MRG Street Theatre Programme spreads messages of peace 

MRG's international Street Theatre Programme uses the power of theatrical performance to challenge racism against indigenous and minority groups. In Kenya, MRG has partnered with Sponsored Arts For Education (SAFE), a local charity that uses street theatre and community programmes to educate, inspire and deliver social change. Gina Rico, MRG Street Theatre Programme Assistant, recently travelled to Kenya to support the project there. Her photos (below)...

Namibia: Protest by Himba and Zemba Indigenous Peoples 

By Rebecca Sommer Hundreds of semi-nomadic Himba and Zemba marched again in the southern African nation of Namibia on Dec. 5, 2012, protesting what they believe are Namibia’s human rights violations against them. The protests were in Opuwo, a small town located in the heart of the “Kaokoland” in the far north of a country that 100 years...

MRG Documentary Film: Say My Name - using street theatre to combat discrimination in Rwanda, Botswana, Dominican Republic and Kenya 

In many countries minority groups face discrimination, and negative stereotypes divide national and local communities.Say My Name documents the work of MRG's Street Theatre programme in addressing these issues, following professional and minority actors as they work together to combat discrimination and racism in four countries. In Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana and the Dominican Republic, we see how street theatre is used to educate and inspire communities with performances in...

Syria: Map of Western (Syrian) Kurdistan  

After months of work and cooperation with many Kurds both inside and outside Syria, YASA, the Kurdish Center for Legal Studies & Consultancy, has created a map of Western Kurdistan.The first phase of the project is completed, and we are currently working on the second phase. People and experts who want to join us or have any comments or suggestions can contact us using...

Bangladesh: MRG visits a Dalit Sweeper colony in Dhaka 

MRG's Programme Assistant, Livia Saccardi, visited Bangladesh to attend the National Dalit Women Rights Conference on 28th July 2012 in Dhaka, organised by MRG partner Nagorik Uddyog (Citizen's Initiative).Dalit women face multiple discriminations, from majority communities and from within their own community. They are discriminated against because of their gender and because of their caste.Dalits are considered “untouchable” and “unclean” because of the jobs they...

Libya: Amazigh freely celebrate New Year for only second time in centuries 

Today The 13th of January 2013 is the first day of January 2963 in the Amazigh calendar. This new year has a special taste in Libya .The Libyan Amazigh are celebrating this new year freely for the second year in the past few centuries, because of the freedom that Libyans are enjoying after the success of the 17th February revolution.Yesterday morning I...

India: Kuki State Demand Committee launch "Quit Kuki Land" Movement 

THE TIMES OF INDIA TNN | Jan 22, 2013, 06.35 AM IST CHURACHANDPUR: The agitating Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) has announced the launch of its 'Quit Kuki Land' movement, incorporating a series of stirs including an indefinite roadblock in 'Kuki areas' of Manipur from Thursday evening. "If the government continues to ignore our longstanding legitimate demand for creation of a separate...

Kenya: Songs, drama, artifact exhibition colour Ogiek community cultural day  

The Ogiek community in Kenya marked their cultural day, which has become an annual fixture, in celebratory pomp with 14 cultural groups performing songs, drama and exhibiting rare traditional artifacts. The day, held towards the end of December at Nessuit Primary School in Nakuru County, saw Kipkurere youth group emerge the best, with Soget Ogiek Dancers and Kaplelach Women Group, the runners up....

Kenya: In politics there are no permanent enemies, only permanent promises 

Kenyans head to the polls on March 4th 2013. This has been billed as a defining moment for a country whose momentous economic growth was disrupted with the 2007 post-election violence. During this period Kenya grounded to a halt. The new Constitution promises to give East Africa’s economic giant a new kiss of life. MRG’s Africa Regional Information Officer, Mohamed Matovu, takes a look...

Cameroon: Ethnic minorities petition Biya over marginalisation 

Yuh TimchiaYaoundé Three minority ethnic communities in Cameroon have petitioned President Paul Biya to ensure they are properly represented in state institutions. The Mbororo, Montagnard and the Pygmy communities, specifically, say they want representation in the country’s nascent senate, whose members will be voted early next month. Mr Sarli Sardou Nana, the founder and coordinator of Laimaru, a national network of organisations advocating...

Liberia: Land reforms must learn from and protect communities' customary land and resource rights, urge Grand Cape Mount communities in new report 

Instances of conflict between communities and large-scale agricultural concessions have recently brought the issues of land and human rights into focus in Liberia, and throughout Africa. Rural communities in Grand Cape Mount, north-western Liberia, have been at the sharp end of a dispute with Malaysian oil palm giant Sime Darby, that received national and international attention. Today, these communities will...

Namibia: 1000 Himba and Zemba protest again against dam and human rights violations 

By Rebecca Sommer EARTH PEOPLES- Namibia, March 26, 2013Yesterday, about a 1000 Himba and Zemba held a protest march in Opuwo to show the Government of Nambia (GoN) that they had enough. This was the third protest in a row, but by far the largest. The two Indigenous semi-nomadic tribes, from the semi-desert northern region of Namibia, began their well-organized...

MRG film to be screened at Barcelona exhibition 

Minority Rights Group’s documentary film Say My Name will be screened as part an exhibition Windows of the World at the CaixaForum in Barcelona during the next few months. The film was produced as part of MRG’s Street Theatre Project, which took place during the last three years (2010-2012). From 14th April to 19th May 2013 visitors can watch the part of the film...

Tanzania: Maasai Women Taking Bold Stance to Protect Land Rights 

More than 2,000 Maasai women are taking a bold political stand in a move aimed at protecting community land rights. From the 27th of March until the 7th of April, women gathered in Magaiduru village, one of the nine villages in Loliondo Division that has recently been declared by the government as a wildlife corridor, essentially prohibiting any future use of the lands...

Proyección del documental “Say My Name” en Barcelona 

El documental “Say My Name” del proyecto de teatro de calle que Minority Rights Group International ha llevado a cabo durante los últimos tres años (2010-2012) será proyectado en el espacio “Ventanas al Mundo” del CaixaForum de Barcelona durante los próximos meses. En concreto, del 14 de Abril al 19 de Mayo de 2013 se podrá ver el fragmento sobre los grupos minoritarios en...

Full length documentary from MRG and Hollman Morris: Suárez Gold - Afro-Colombian miners defending their heritage 

Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia’s Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Today their descendants continue to chip away at the red earth in search of gold, seeing it not only as a means for earning a modest living, but also as an activity deeply linked to their culture.Between 2002 and 2010, Colombia’s...

Botswana: Bushmen face imminent eviction for ‘wildlife corridor’  

Survival International has received disturbing reports about an imminent eviction of several hundred Bushmen in southern Botswana to make way for a ‘wildlife corridor’.The Bushman community at Ranyane has allegedly been told by the local government that trucks will arrive on Monday to remove them from land they have inhabited for generations.Their houses will be destroyed. The Bushmen’s land is in a proposed...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Forest Peoples Programme launches pioneering book on indigenous peoples free, prior and informed consent 

As part of its project: "REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of forest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)", Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and it’s local partners in the DRC have published, in collaboration with the Organisation d’Accompagnement et d’Appui aux Pygmées (OSAPY), the first volume of a new book series titled Forêts Africaines - Tabernacle des...


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